Nebraska hero saves 3 after car crashes upside-down into icy pond: "God puts people places for a reason"

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 14th, 2020 10:05 am

Last Updated Jan 14th, 2020 at 11:08 am

Photographer Terry Ingram is being called a hero after he saved three men from drowning in an overturned car in Nebraska.

Ingram was taking photos of eagles on Saturday afternoon when a white car flew past him. The car was heading north when the driver lost control while crossing railroad tracks, according to the local sheriff's office.

"They hit the fire hydrant, and I don't think they even touched the ground," said Ingram. "They were already airborne."

The car broke through a frozen pond and began filling with water.

"I panicked when I heard the guy's voice. 'Get me out, it's filling full of water,'" said Ingram. "Once I pulled the door open, the water started going in, and he was coming out. Just seeing those bodies there, I thought they were gone."

Ingram pulled three men from the car. Two of them were taken to Nebraska Medicine with non-life threatening injuries. Two of the men are 19, and the age of the third is unknown.

The parent of one of the men took to Facebook to thank Ingram for "saving my son's life":

"God puts people places for a reason. I think he told me my camera's dead, go up there and wait," Ingram said.